Venue and Transportation

The 29th International Symposium on Human Identification will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center. Located in the center of a vibrant walkable downtown, the Convention Center is mere steps from a variety of urban eateries, live music, professional sports, art museums and more.

We have negotiated a limited block of rooms at hotels within walking distance of the Convention Center. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and government rate rooms have sold through. Please note that government rate rooms are for U.S. government employees only and identification will be required upon check-in. Please contact Tara Luther with any questions.

ALERT- If you have booked a room through Travel Partners International be aware that this company is NOT affiliated with the conference. This company books rooms for a commission and the hotels they recommend may not be up to the standards you are expecting.  At this time there are still rooms in the blocks at all three hotels recommended on our website.

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown

We’ve secured a block of rooms at the nearby Renaissance Hotel. A limited block of rooms will be available at the a rate of $229 per night. Any cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance.

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Hyatt Regency Phoenix

Hyatt Regency Phoenix

A room block is available at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, directly across the street from the convention center. There are a limited number of rooms available at the rate of $229 per night. Please note that cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance.

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Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown- Room Block Released August 24th!

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown- Room Block Released August 24th!

A third room block is available at the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown, a short 5 minute walk from the convention center. There are a limited number of rooms available at the rate of $189 per night. Please note that cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance.

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While early reservations are recommended to take advantage of discounted rates, please be sure to cancel your reservations prior to August 27, 2018 if you are unable to attend or you cannot use the reservations. This will make the rooms available for other attendees and will help ISHI avoid the financial penalties associated with cancellations made after the room block closes.

*Please note: companies such as Convention Housing Services, Expo Housing,, and Convention Expo Travel have not been contracted by ISHI to book attendee rooms during the symposium. These companies are not related to our meeting, and were not provided attendee or exhibitor contact information by ISHI. To book your hotel room, please use the link above, or the link found on your registration confirmation page.


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is located four miles from downtown Phoenix, and arriving passengers can make that trip aboard light rail for only $2. A taxi or ride-share trip takes under 10 minutes and typically costs $15-20.

SuperShuttle: Vans operate 24 hours on a scheduled basis, with vans departing every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Rates are zone based and typically range from $12 to $46 for the first passenger. Each additional residential passenger per reservation is $8 regardless of zone. All major credit cards are accepted. Book your ride here.

Taxi: The typical fare from the airport to downtown is $15-$20.

The following taxis are contracted to pick up passengers at Phoenix Sky Harbor:

  • Apache Taxi: (480) 557-7000
  • AAA/Yellow Cab: (480) 888-8888
  • Mayflower Cab: (602) 955-1355

Taxi service is readily available at

  • Terminal 2: east outside door # 8
  • Terminal 3: North curb, outside door # 7
  • Terminal 4: Level 1, North curb, outside door # 7 and south curb, outside door #6

PHX Sky Train®: The PHX Sky Train® is an automated train that moves travelers between the airport’s busiest terminals and the nearest Metro Light Rail station. It is free to use and operates 24/7, arriving at stations every three minutes. The train takes about five minutes to travel from Terminal 4 to the light-rail station at 44th Street and Washington.

Metro Light Rail: With 35 stations, and trains arriving every 10 minutes, Metro Light Rail moves the masses in a hurry. The 26-mile system carries riders to hotels, restaurants, museums and sports arenas in Phoenix, and also links to the nearby cities of Mesa and Tempe. A one-way ticket costs $2, and an all-day pass is $4. Passes can be purchased at ticketing machines located at each stop.

Ride Share: Passengers arriving at Sky Harbor can use ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft for airport pickup. Drivers with ground-transportation permits will meet passengers in the ride-share pickup area outside
baggage claim.

Car Rentals: Sky Harbor’s Rental Car Center makes car rental quick and easy. The spacious facility houses 14 rental-car companies, and provides a shuttle bus for all customers to and from the airport’s terminals. COMING SOON: PHX Sky Train® expansion will transport riders directly to the Rental Car Center.